Nike Zoom Fly 3

Nike Zoom Fly 3

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Shoes with a carbon inlay in the sole are very popular right now. Nike presented its Vaporfly 4% two years ago and since then the shoe is regularly present on the podium of the big marathons.

The latest version of the world record shoe, the Next%, has just been released and brings a little brother: the Zoom Fly 3.

Sponsored Post: Nike provided me with the products for this review at my request. This had no influence on the content of my post. The article is written indipendently and reflects exclusively my personal experiences.

Review

Nike Zoom Fly 3

Price
150 Euro
Time frame
6 weeks

First impressions

Nike Zoom Fly 3
Nike Zoom Fly 3

From the outside the Zoom Fly 3 is very similar to its big brother. The two models could almost be mistaken at first sight. Of course they share many basic characteristics, but they differ in detail.

Nike Zoom Fly 3
Nike Zoom Fly 3

The built-in carbon plate cannot be seen from the outside – but the huge cushioning can. You stand on no less than 32 millimeters “React Foam” – with the Vaporfly it is the somewhat higher quality ZoomX material.

Nike Zoom Fly 3
Nike Zoom Fly 3

The outsole is relatively complete for such a fast shoe: under the forefoot there is a continuous sole, while under the heel there are only two strips of material accompanying the foot.

Nike Zoom Fly 3
Nike Zoom Fly 3
Nike Zoom Fly 3
Nike Zoom Fly 3

The distinctive shape of the heel has become something of a trademark at Nike. Looks very streamlined and made for heel walkers ;) On the shaft you can apparently even make your marathon time visible.

Nike Zoom Fly 3
Nike Zoom Fly 3

The Vaporweave named upper is extremely thin and almost transparent. Underneath is a sock liner, i.e. a sock-like inner shoe that is supposed to provide comfort.

Nike Zoom Fly 3
Nike Zoom Fly 3

The tongue is also just thick enough to reduce the pressure of the lacing on the instep.

Running Experience

It feels a little like changing from your Golf to a Formula 1 car. It starts with the thickness and softness of the sole: you walk like on gummy bear platform shoes. Especially the heel area is already very unusually soft.

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However, the image changes immediately when running. The gummi bears turn into little trampolines that give you extra momentum with every step – provided you have fastened your seatbelt properly. The lacing is really critical, because the foot has to sit firmly on the carbon platform for it to show its advantages. If the lacing is just a little too loose, you will quickly notice that the heel in the shoe wants to lift slightly and that there is no optimal power transmission.

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With me the degree between “sufficiently firm” and “unpleasantly firm” was however very small. If I had the right hold, the shoe was comfortable to wear for no longer than an hour. Looser lacing made it more comfortable to wear, but only a part of the “push” was left.

Regardless of this, I was significantly faster than planned and felt. And that of course especially at a slightly higher speed.

Conclusion

It depends
The Nike Zoom Fly 3 showed me that shoes with carbon technology can make a difference. The proof of competition is still missing for me, but after the training experiences I would calculate an advantage with the Zoom Fly 3.
Nike Zoom Fly 3
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Hi! It’s me, the Harlerunner.

This is where Thomas Pier writes about running and (much more than just the necessary) equipment. I don't run particularly fast or far. But I like to share my experiences as an ambitious recreational runner, curious early-adopter and as my own trainer.

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